EU Gender Policy Approach

 

The European Union’s achievements in fostering equality between women and men have helped to change the lives of many European citizens for the better and provide the foundation on which we now have to build a genuinely gender-equal society.

Gender roles continue to influence crucial individual decisions: on education, on career paths, on working arrangements, on family and on fertility. These decisions in turn have an impact on the economy and society. It is therefore in everyone’s interest to offer genuine choices equally for women and men throughout the different stages of their lives.

Equality is one of the founding values of the EU and a fundamental right reflected in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The Union is bound to strive for equality between women and men in all its activities.

The EU policy on the promotion of gender equality within the EU is closely linked to the work undertaken by the Union in third countries. Through all relevant policies under its external action, the EU can exercise significant influence in fostering gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide. Candidate countries must fully embrace the fundamental principle of equality between women and men. Monitoring the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU legislation in this area remains a priority of the enlargement process, which the EU supports financially.

 The EU policy on the promotion of gender equality within the EU is closely linked to the work undertaken by the Union in third countries. Through all relevant policies under its external action, the EU can exercise significant influence in fostering gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide. Candidate countries must fully embrace the fundamental principle of equality between women and men. Monitoring the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU legislation in this area remains a priority of the enlargement process, which the EU supports financially.

Promoting gender equality and women’s rights across the world

The protection and promotion of women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality is a policy priority for the EU’s external relations, and the EU is strongly committed to playing a lead role in this respect. These are essential pre-conditions for equitable and inclusive sustainable development, and important values and objectives in themselves. They are also a pre-condition for peace and security worldwide and help to counter radicalisation and extremism, which denigrate women and violate their rights and dignity.

The EU remains fully committed to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and to the full and effective implementation of obligations and commitments to women’s rights in all international fora, in particular the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women under the UN Beijing Platform for Action and the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development.

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Interview to Dana Peebles, Gender expert

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12.04.2017 Podcast on Gender in Early Warning Systems

Women’s and girls’ rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are at the core of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, both as a stand-alone objective and as a cross-cutting issue integrated into the targets and indicators of all the sustainable development goals. These should also be essential considerations in the use of financial and non-financial means of implementing, and in the review, monitoring and accountability mechanisms of, the 2030 Agenda. Given that the Agenda applies universally to all countries, including EU Member States, it is essential to ensure coherence between EU internal and external policies at all levels. Gender equality and the adoption of the EU gender equality acquis must also continue to be assessed in the accession process.

The EU is also committed to protecting women in times of conflict and post-conflict, and to ensuring women’s full participation in conflict prevention, peace building and reconstruction processes, and actively implements the EU Comprehensive Approach to the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 on Women, Peace and Security. Gender considerations will also be further integrated into humanitarian aid.

The information is extracted from the Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019. Further information on EU Commission’s work on Gender Equality can be found here.